As of July 31st, 2008, Rainer Mauersberger, who has been Station Manager of the 30-meter since March 1st, 1999, left Granada for Santiago (Chile) to work on the commissioning of ALMA.
Rainer Mauersberger has directed the 30-meter telescope over the last 9 years with seriousness. It should be stressed that he organized with perseverance the Schools for Millimeter Astronomy and that he attracted young and excellent students to Granada. This has clearly been a positive and visible asset for IRAM.
Carsten Kramer has taken over the position of Station Manager of the 30-meter telescope as of August 1st, 2008.
Carsten Kramer is well known from the IRAM community as he had a post-doctoral position at IRAM (Granada) from 1994 to 1997. Thereafter Carsten Kramer went to the University of Cologne where he has since then pursued a successful career in astronomy working on the calibration of HIFI and doing research on star formation and Photon Dominated Regions in nearby galaxies (such a M51 and M33) and large galactic star-forming complexes, using, in particular, HERA on the 30-meter telescope.
I would like to take the opportunity of this note to wish all the best to Rainer Mauersberger and his family for his new position in Chile and to welcome warmly Carsten Kramer as the new station manager of the 30-meter telescope.